Welcome Back! The celebration of public masses resumes on May 30, 2020.

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In-Person Mass Attendance

We continue to keep the health and safety of our parishioners a top priority.  As of March 19, 2021, the State has increased the seating capacity for houses of worship to 75%.  Our church pews are open.  We encourage you to be mindful of socially and prayerfully distant seating.  Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance.  Mask wearing is still encouraged.  Sanitization of the pews and common areas is done after each mass. 

We understand if you do not feel comfortable coming to church to worship with us in-person at this time, and as much as we miss you, we want you to feel safe and comfortable.  If you are not able to attend mass in-person, we encourage you to continue to worship with us virtually by watching live-stream masses on our Facebook page.

God Bless You and Stay Safe. 

Christian charity requires that we protect ourselves and others. 

Stop the spread.  PLEASE WEAR A MASK




SJ Scholarship Fund

The SJ Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Academic Year.

College scholarships are awarded according to two categories:

(A maximum of three scholarships* will be awarded in each category*.)
• Academic Achievement  
• Financial Need    

Also, a maximum of three scholarships* will be awarded to students enrolled in a Catholic high school.

*The number of scholarships and the dollar amount awarded are dependent upon the monies available to Fund at that time.

The scholarship program is open to any active member of St. James Parish.

Additional information can be found on the application form. Applications are available in the parish office during normal business hours.  Applications will NOT be mailed to individuals.

If you have any questions please call Louise at 766-4038
(Please do NOT call the parish office.)

Application form for High School   (available at the parish office)
Application form for College  (available at the parish office)

All applications MUST be received by May 14, 2021




Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Please call the office for any questions or concerns.


Budget envelopes can be mailed to:

St. James Church, PO Box 60, Manville, RI  02838

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5/2020  Guidelines from the Diocese of Providence

for the Faithful for Returning to Mass in Time of COVID-19

Guidelines for Returning to Mass in time of COVID-19

The advent of the novel coronavirus has marked our community substantially over the past two months. Whether directly succumbing to the disease it causes, or experiencing its far-reaching economic and emotional effects, all of us have been affected in some way. In an effort to protect the health and safety of our local communities, especially vulnerable populations, Bishop Tobin suspended the public celebration of Mass in March. This was a painful, but necessary decision in view of the common good. As the state begins its phased approach to re-open sectors of our community, the public celebration of Mass will resume on May 30, 2020, the Vigil of the Solemnity of Pentecost. This is a joyous moment for our local Church as we gather again as the Body of Christ. Resuming the public celebration of Mass will look differently than before, given the recommendations of health experts. The following points highlight some of these changes.
1. Catholics will be dispensed from Sunday Mass and Holy Day Masses while public Masses will resume, vulnerable populations, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions are asked to follow the most up to date health regulations and remain at home. There are many who might feel uncomfortable returning to Mass. They, too, have legitimate reason to remain at home. Bishop Tobin has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Day Masses until further notice.
2. Access to Mass will be limited in order to prevent risk of infection, attendance at Mass will be limited to a percentage of the church's capacity as specified in the fire code. Some parishes will request a "reservation" or ticket system, or find ways to split up parishioners alphabetically in as equitable a manner as possible.
3. Parishioners will be expected to sanitize their hands immediately upon entry to the church. Likewise, they must wear a mask at all times, with the exception of receiving Holy Communion.
4. Pews will be sectioned off. In order to maintain six feet distance between parishioners, parishes will mark off sections of pews where parishioners can safely sit.
5.  Singing will be limited. Because of the risk of infection due to increased aerosolized particles, singing must be limited. Hymnals will be removed from churches.
6. Parishioners will receive Holy Communion in a safe manner parishioners will take off their masks to receive Holy Communion, but the priest or other minister may wear a mask when distributing Holy Communion. The priest or other minister will always sanitize his hands before this time, and whenever he accidentally comes into contact with a person. Parishioners are encouraged to receive Holy Communion on the hand; but another option would be to refrain from receiving Holy Communion and make an act of spiritual communion instead.
7. The church will be sanitized after every Mass to ensure everyone's safety, parish staff or volunteers will sanitize commonly touched surfaces and pews before and after every celebration of Mass.

8. Budget envelopes will be submitted prior to Mass or as you leave. Instead of "passing the basket," a secure receptacles should be available so parishioners can drop off their budget envelopes before or after Mass.
9. Avoid personal contact with anyone the sign of peace remains suspended; physical contact must be avoided at all costs.
10. Those who are sic
k must stay home.  Anyone who has symptoms of any sickness (even mild symptoms) may not attend the public celebration of Mass.






Prayer for Healing from Coronavirus -Pope Francis
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.  We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,with steadfast faith. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love,to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen. We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.  Amen

May God bless you and your families. 


 St. James Food Pantry


Please deposit food bags in containers
located at the front entrance of the church.

Food Pantry OPEN Thursday

from 10:00 to 12:00pm

All are welcome!


Home page Photo Credits: Banner etching by Ron Valiquette. Church Interior photo by Roland Lussier. Church rear Exterior photo by Louise Dussault.


      Office Open Tuesday's and Thursday's. 8 AM to 2 PM

Welcome back ...

We are so happy to see you!

The celebration of public masses resumes this weekend,

May 30-31, 2020


St. James Weekend Mass Times:

Saturday 4:00pm

Sunday 10:00am


*St. James Weekday Mass Times:

Tuesday and Thursday    8:30am

*Please note that the weekday mass has been changed to 8:30am. 


We will also continue to live-stream these masses on our Facebook page.  The videos will be posted for later viewing at …

St.  James Office of Faith Formation

or click on the Facebook button at the bottom left of our home page to connect to the live-stream mass.







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